Director Ram Gopal Varma (RGV) and actor Vivek Oberoi have been lately in news particularly for their forthcoming film Rakta Charitra, an intense thriller, based on the assassination of South Indian politician Paritala Ravi. The movie also marks the Bollywood debut of Surya (original ‘Ghajini’ for South Indian cinema aficionados) and RGV is all praise for the southern superstars’ prowess. The movie is confirmed for an August 2010 release and is tri-lingual, releasing simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
The total running time of Rakta Charitra (RC) is about 5 hours, but it has been split into two parts for easy viewing. Therefore, RC-2 will hit the theatres approximately two months after the release of RC-1. This is the first time in Bollywood history that a movie is out in theatres in installments with a gap of months between releases. Nonetheless, RGV is has no qualms about that and is confident that the movie will be well received.
In an interview, RGV has said, “This is the story of a man’s phenomenal rise to power and a story of the most intense blood curdling conflict ever heard between two individuals. It is also the ultimate statement on the oft-heard disastrous consequences of a fatal mixture of caste, crime, family feuds and politics”
Rakta Charitra is surrounded by its share of controversies with some sections of the society opposing the release of the movie, as they feel it will reawaken the factionalism during that period.
Nevertheless, the film’s grandeur, characterization, powerful cast and first looks have us intrigued. We are definitely keeping our eyes open for this one. How about you?